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September 14, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Visit the Alabama Museum of Natural History on September 14 from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm to get a copy of Crayfishes of Alabama signed and enjoy light refreshments!

About the Book

A comprehensive assessment of the 99 known species of crayfishes inhabiting the state of Alabama

Crayfishes are common organisms in many freshwater habitats. They are usually the largest invertebrates and often represent the greatest amount of invertebrate biomass in their environments. Identified as a keystone species in many ecological communities, aquatic biologists are fond of saying “they eat everything, and everything eats them.”

Crayfishes—sometimes called crawfishes, crawdads, mudbugs, ditchbugs, yabbies, and flusskrebs—are taxonomically and ecologically a diverse group of aquatic crustaceans. There are more than 600 known species worldwide and North America alone is home to more than 400. As home to 99 documented species, Alabama is a global hotspot for crayfish diversity.

Crayfishes of Alabama is the first comprehensive reference work on the subject and provides the most up-to-date information on the vast range of crayfishes known to reside in Alabama. The authors have collected specimens and data from the state’s major and minor waterways and lakes, as well as specialized habitats such as burrows, caves, roadside ditches, marshes, swamps, and temporary autumnal ponds. This volume represents the most in-depth treatment of crayfishes found in the southeastern United States and offers detailed species accounts including descriptions of morphological characters, color, maximum size, comparative species, distribution and habitat, biology, crayfish associates, and conservation status. The species accounts are accentuated with color photographs, photographic morphological plates, and dot maps showing state and national distributions. A photographic key is provided to guide the identification of all 99 species.

Book Signers at the Event

Guenter A. Schuster is Foundation Professor Emeritus at Eastern Kentucky University. He has been named Kentucky Naturalist of the Year and has been given the Kentucky Biodiversity Protection Award. He is coauthor of The Crayfishes of Kentucky and Field Guide to Crayfishes of the Midwest. He has authored numerous other publications on crayfishes, as well as caddisflies and freshwater mussels.

Stuart W. McGregor is director of the Ecosystems Investigations Program at the Geological Survey of Alabama. He is author or coauthor of numerous scientific journal articles and government bulletins, circulars, posters, and popular articles pertaining to Alabama’s freshwater ecology.

Date and Time

This book signing and reception will be held on September 14, 2022 at 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm.


The museum is located in Smith Hall on the University of Alabama campus. The street address is 427 Sixth Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487.

Check out our Directions page for step-by-step directions and parking and public transit info.


From Birmingham: Take Interstate 20/59 S to Tuscaloosa exit 73, McFarland Blvd. Head West on McFarland Blvd toward the University of Alabama. Exit right onto University Blvd. Follow University Blvd to Hackberry Lane. Make a right onto Hackberry Lane and turn into the second parking lot on your left behind Smith Hall (yellow brick building).

From Montgomery: Take Hwy 82 W to Tuscaloosa. Exit right onto University Blvd. Follow University Blvd to Hackberry Lane. Make a right onto Hackberry Lane and turn into the second parking lot on your left behind Smith Hall (yellow brick building).


There are five dedicated visitor parking spaces in the lot behind Smith Hall that can be accessed from Hackberry Drive. Upon arrival, once you pay for admission, you will receive a parking pass receipt that will entitle you to free parking in our museum visitor parking spaces. In addition, there is a parking deck located at Campus Drive and Hackberry Lane. The cost for visitor parking in the deck is $1 for the first hour and $2 for each additional hour.  To reach the parking deck, take Hackberry Lane to Campus Drive East, and the parking deck is on the right.

Public Transportation

The Tuscaloosa Trolley runs from the city’s downtown parking deck to campus.

Visit the Tuscaloosa Transit Authority website to find the downtown deck and a map of the trolley’s University Shuttle Route.


September 14, 2022
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Alabama Museum of Natural History
427 6th Ave
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0340 United States
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